Great white sharks are some of the most notorious inhabitants of the sea. They’re depicted in folklore and Hollywood as giants of ancient proportions. This has left many people wondering, out of curiosity and/or fear, how large these marine leviathans are.
As many young land animals (including humans) are born as adorable, awkwardly proportioned examples of the species, the white shark enters the world as a perfectly proportioned miniature replica of the adult it will become. It has led many to think that whites are born in a length of 4-5 feet.
A fully mature female averages 15-16 feet long, and older males average 12-14 ft.
Anyone who’s a fan of the film Jaws, recalls Quint the shark hunter saying with certainty that the monster shark terrorizing the waters near Amity Island was 25 feet long. Can these sharks get that big?
Game fishers and shark hunters for more than a century have reported seeing/catching white sharks more than 20 feet long, but just about all these claims have been unconfirmed or later disproven. As any fisherman will tell you, it isn’t unusual to overestimate the magnitude of a prized catch – because of prideful exaggeration and wishful thinking. Scientists and shark experts utilize the jaws and teeth of those deceased animals to retroactively gauge the true size of”record breaking sharks,” and nearly always find them to be several feet shorter than advertised. This can be also true when”official dimensions” of the shark in the docks differ from the first claims of the proud angler who landed it. Over a few indignant shark anglers believe that the concept that a dead fish shrinks after a time period from water, and that their white decoration had gotten considerably smaller between the time it was captured and the time that somebody official had gotten around to measuring it!
A few of those record-length white sharks weighed well over 3,000 pounds, yet this is a source of controversy and disagreement. Great whites are captured with a few hundred pounds of meat in their stomachs.
The largest great white sharks which have been correctly and reliably measured have been between 19 and 21 feet long. Even in a”mere 17 ft,” great white sharks hold the distinction of being the largest predatory fish in the waters that are modern-day.